60 acres burned in fire near Martinez

June 10, 2008 6:14:57 PM PDT
Fire crews in Contra Costa County are thankful a grass fire there didn't turn out any worse. The fire near Martinez threatened homes for about an hour. But favorable conditions, particularly low wind speeds, allowed crews to get the blaze under control.

"This fire had a good head start on us. I came from Pleasant Hill, just a few miles away. By the time we got here it was already at least 10 to 15 acres from when we first got here, with no wind... light flashy fuels, we had a little bit of steep hillside. If we had had the winds we're going to have tonight, eight or 12 hours from now, this would have been a whole different ballgame," said Batt. Chief Steve Mayero with the Contra Costa County Fire Dept.

By the time they put it out, about 60 acres had burned. No structures where destroyed.

The flames did get close to some livestock, but firefighters were able to keep all of them safe.


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